Scream: “The call is coming from inside the house” and then someone gets stabbed. Thus begins a new era of the creepy slasher serial killer with unhealthy obsessions towards a person or a place. This golden ‘90s horror took over for the classic slasher villains Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. Granted this was the only one worth a damn, as the rest in the series were god-awful. The film is best viewed with some sort of drinking game, as there is nothing funnier than scaring the crap out of your friends while inebriated. Prep the shots and happy halloween.
Dracula (original): The great actor Bela Lugosi portrayed the now legendary character Count Dracula in 1931. This film is one of two films that went on to define the horror genre. Because it was made in 1931, spoiled movie watchers might view it in the realm of cheesiness. Close in-face camera angles and bats being directed with obvious string work show how cinema has evolved over the years into the spectacle that is still an integral part to society around the world. With a underlined sexual tension that includes charming accents and gothic scenery, relax and have yourself a “good evening.” Muhahahahaha.
Halloween (Curse of Michael Myers): Are you afraid of the boogeyman? Although this is the sixth installment of what seems like the thousandth film series that is Halloween, you just can’t deny the terror of watching a tall masked man slowly chase after people with a kitchen knife. The catchy theme music (it’s amazing how it only takes two or three notes strung repeatedly together to make a villain) embodies the suspense of some dumb teenagers overly violent death. Enjoy the spectacle of a slow walking masked man killing people who have a hard time getting up after tripping over themselves. Don’t worry if you cheer for the bad guy.
Psycho: Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most innovative directors of his time; some say the father of modern horror. “Psycho” was one of the flicks that would push the boundaries of film to the limit, so much in fact that it would define the career of this director. Fortunately for Hitchcock, it showed the true genius of his craft. With introductions of more than usual nudity and the main protagonist being killed off only halfway through the actual movie, “Psycho” put the serial killer psychopath on the Hollywood landscape. If you are a fan of psychological mind terror, sit back and enjoy this gem.
Hellraiser: Let’s just be honest, the ‘80s presented a pretty groundbreaking time for many facets of the art world. From music to film, the ‘80s represented a time of transition into a new world of expression. In the genre of horror, cinema became even more a point of psychological thriller as much as your conventional “scary” flick. “Hellraiser” is one of those stories that messes with the fabric of what you feel is socially acceptable in film. The main character is a tortured spirit with a story that makes the audience feel borderline empathetic, if it wasn’t for all the needles and such sticking out of his face.